A real horroshow tolchock to the yarbles my droogs.
Anthony Burgess has written the most unusual coming of age novel that I have ever read. I wont go into the ending, I will leave that for you to read, but a coming of age novel it is, set against a backdrop of callous, impersonal violence and lust, where human beings pick at each other the way that a bored fool picks at their own wounds.
Would I bother to read this book again? No, once is enough to grasp Alex's character and the central question of the story.
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, because the central question is an important one that is worth asking, and it is this. To what extent is the state right to limit the essential humanity of anyone under the banner of keeping us safe?
This is a forever question and there are no safe answers - and that is why we must continue to ask it, and probe, and question the responses that are given.
For it is easy to imagine young Alex educated at Harvard, or Cambridge, being polished and made all shiny and new. Then the new, shiny Alex, walking the halls of power of the world, and seeing himself reflected in the souls of those he meets there.
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Press; 1 edition (1 September 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141037229
- ISBN-13: 978-0141037226
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.5 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 45.4 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)